Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor
Salt Lake City, Utah — Fonix Corp. and parvus Corp. announced January 31 the signing of a collaborative agreement to promote mutual opportunities for implementing voice recognition technologies in embedded computer systems.
Dedham, Mass. - The worldwide market for automation products and services for discrete industries, nearly $25 billion in 2001, is expected to grow at a healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9 percent over the next five years, reaching over $36 billion, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.
Montvale, N.J. - ei3 Corp., a provider of online engineering and Web-enabled applications that maximize manufacturing productivity, announced January 30 SiteSetpoint, a new Web-enabled service that speeds product changeovers on automated process lines with digital electronic controls, that the company says eliminates the need for SCADA software on the plant floor.
Austin, Tex. — For the third year running, National Instruments (NI) is among the 100 best companies to work for according to Fortune magazine, which releases its fifth annual list of top employers in its Feb. 4, 2002 issue.
Milwaukee, Wis. - Rockwell Automation announced January 31 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Propack Data GmbH, a supplier of manufacturing information systems for the pharmaceutical and other regulated industries based in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Austin, Tex. - A new development tool kit from Metrowerks allows developers of Net services software applications to quickly and easily create Novell NetWare applications, NetWare Loadable Modules (NLMs) and device drivers using the popular CodeWarrior Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and tool set.
Waltham, Mass. - Increasing user benefits and product reliability, the Foxboro Co. (an Invensys company), a developer of real-time industrial automation systems, selected NetSilicon's NET+Works to supply Ethernet connectivity to an enhanced network interface for Foxboro's I/A Series intelligent automation systems.
New York, N.Y. - Linux World Conference and Expo, January 29, 2002 - eclipse.org made a fully functional C and C++ Integrated Development Environment available for evaluation with the eclipse platform on Linux workstations.
Digi International announces early termination of HSR waiting period for proposed merger with NetSilicon
Minneapolis, Minn. - Digi International Inc. announced January 28, 2002 that the Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in connection with the proposed merger with NetSilicon Inc.
Irvine, Calif. - Wonderware, a unit of the Invensys Software Systems (ISS) group of Invensys plc, announced January 25 that the company's flagship product, InTouch, now fully supports the Professional version of Microsoft's new Windows XP desktop operating system.